Killeen Castle

Shannon and Ryan triumph; new posts for St John, McNamara

Keith Shannon and David Ryan finished as joint winners of last week's Eithad Airways PGA Sprint tournament at Killeen Castle.

Shannon and Ryan triumph; new posts for St John, McNamara

As G-Mac prepares for wedding, McIlroy plays Killeen Castle and Portmarnock

Rory McIlroy at the Dublin Wine Rooms. Manager Antoin Dempsey said: “I couldn’t speak more highly of him, he was an absolute gentleman and his father too. He was very friendly, humble and genuine. He kindly posed for a photo with us and also a lucky customer who was celebrating her birthday with colleagues.”Rory McIlroy might be skipping this week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and next week’s Seve Trophy but that hasn’t stopped him playing a rare game of golf on European soil.

O'Sullivan and Murray tops at Killeen Castle

Mark O’Sullivan during last year’s Irish Open at Royal Portrush. Photo Jenny Matthews/www.golffile.ieFormer Irish Close champion Mark O’Sullivan and Massereene’s Noel Murray got the 2013 PGA Irish Region season off to a winning start at a wintry Killeen Castle.

Pettersen's Olympic passion: "You put money and rankings aside"

Norway’s Suzann Pettersen can’t wait to compete for the love of the game in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Pushing your luck is never a good idea but Suzann Pettersen loves a challenge and she’s determined to successfully defend the €350,000 Ladies Irish Open title at Killeen Castle over the next three days.

"I didn't have the normal childhood" - Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie was in relaxed mood at Killeen Castle on Tuesday. Photo by Jenny Matthews/www.golffile.ieMichelle Wie has hit back at European vice-captain Annika Sorenstam again and insisted that hitting the books has made her all grown up.

Ten-time major winner Sorenstam believes the big hitting Hawaiian has made a mistake by mixing the tour with her degree at Stanford University and isn’t “mentally strong enough to finish at the top.”

But as she prepares to lead the US in Solheim Cup battle with Europe at Killeen Castle this week, Wie reckons that mixing books and birdies was just what she needed to make up for a lost childhood.

LPGA's China crisis helps Ladies Irish Open field

Ladies Irish Open boss Roddy Carr avoided some Chinese torture to deliver a world class field at Killeen Castle next month.

The €400,000 curtain-raiser for September’s Solheim Cup could have been turned into a damp squib as it clashed with a $2 million US women’s tour event in China.

But Chinese red tape has tied the Imperial Springs LPGA event up in knots and allowed Carr to sign up US stars Christina Kim, Angela Stanford and teenage sensation Lexi Thompson to accompany major winner Stacey Lewis at the Meath venue from August 5-7.

Killeen Castle ready for strong AIB Ladies Irish Open field

Just a matter of days after the European Tour left Ireland behind after another successful 3 Irish Open, the Ladies European Tour arrives on Irish soil ready for this week’s AIB Ladies Irish Open.

Maguire twins set for AIB Ladies Irish Open

The three Irish Curtis Cup representatives who did Ireland proud in the recent matches in the USA are all set to test their considerable skills against the very best players in the the AIB Ladies Irish Open from August 6-8.

World class field for Ladies Irish Open

Killeen Castle

Three of the world’s top 10 and host of top Americans will headline a world class field at this summer’s AIB Ladies Irish Open.  

World No 3 Suzann Pettersen will be joined by Anna Nordqvist and American star Angela Stanford at Killeen Castle from August 6-8.

A Wie incentive - Ladies Irish Open moves to August

Michelle Wie is the top target for next year's Ladies Irish Open.

The event will be played from August 6-8 - almost certainly at 2011 Solheim Cup venue Killeen Castle - the week after the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale.

And the presence of Wie - winner of her first professional title just two weeks ago - is guaranteed to draw a huge crowd.

In-form Coakley battered - then teased

It’s cruel to tease but the Ladies European Tour was at it this week.

As if Rebecca Coakley didn't have enough headaches after being bashed on the noggin recently by a pro-am hacker in China.

With the 2011 Solheim Cup coming to Killeen Castle, Coakley is hell bent on becoming the first Irish woman to make the European side to take on the USA. Or at least, she is starting to believe it's more than a pipe dream. 

Killeen Castle - golfing heaven

Sitting in Atlanta airport for three days might not seem like one of the perk’s of the greatest job in the world but when weighing up the pro and cons of covering a sport that takes you from the rugged beauty of the west of Ireland to the plains of Kazakhstan or the deserts of Arizona, a 25-minute jaunt from the capital into the heart of County Meath might seem, well, tame.

How wrong I was.

Ireland to host 2011 Solheim Cup

Ireland has landed the 2011 Solheim Cup - thanks to the massive success of the Ryder Cup.

Jack Nicklaus at Killeen CastleIn a major coup, the Ladies European Tour has decided to bring the biennial clash between the top women professionals from the US and Europe to the course that Jack built - the Nicklaus designed Killeen Castle in Co Meath.

Ireland beat off stiff competition from England, Italy, Norway, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Spain to host the biggest team event in women's golf.

And in a double whammy for Ireland, the Ladies European Tour also agreed to bring back the Ladies Irish Open in 2008 in a five-year combined deal with Failte Ireland worth €5 million.